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Trustbridge Global Media hires Boat Rocker exec to head kids content push

Veteran kids’ exec Bob Higgins has exited Boat Rocker Media to head up New York-based Trustbridge Global Media (TGM)’s push into kids & family entertainment. The new company will source, develop and produce kids & family programming based primarily on the library of titles inside TGM’s publishing houses, such as Alex Rider, Where’s Waldo and […]

Boat Rocker rejigs sales execs with hire of Gaumont & Power alum

Canada’s Boat Rocker has promoted Natalie Vinet to SVP of global distribution and hired Erik Pack as SVP of global sales and co-production. Toronto-based Vinet will continue to oversee the day-to-day sales strategy for Boat Rocker’s unscripted programming globally, while adding a scripted remit in select territories. Her responsibilities will also include distribution team management, greenlighting submissions and […]

Boat Rocker merges scripted & unscripted divisions, restructures leadership

Canada’s Boat Rocker Media is combining its scripted and unscripted content divisions into one single unit, alongside a management restructure. The newly merged Boat Rocker Studios, TV, will continue under its current leadership, with Jay Peterson and Steve Lescroart retaining their respective titles of president, Boat Rocker Studios, unscripted and president, Boat Rocker Studios, scripted. […]

Boat Rocker Media buys LA drama prodco Platform One Media

Canada’s Boat Rocker Media has acquired LA-based production outfit Platform One Media. As part of the deal, Platform One CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh has been promoted to founder and chairman of the scripted producer and will take on a soon-to-be-announced senior leadership role at Boat Rocker. O’Connell Marsh launched Platform One in 2017 having previously […]

Boat Rocker acquires Lip Sync Battle producer

Canada’s Boat Rocker Media has acquired Matador Content, the full-service production company behind Emmy-winning format Lip Sync Battle. Under the terms of the deal, Matador’s name and leadership will remain, with founder Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin continuing to helm the company. The prodco’s creative and production teams will have immediate access to Boat Rocker’s […]

Boat Rocker taps eOne exec for legal affairs

Boat Rocker Media has appointed eOne’s Dina Appleton as executive VP of business and legal affairs. In her new role, Appleton will lead Boat Rocker’s business and legal affairs team and oversee this element of the business throughout the production and distribution divisions of the company. Appleton will report to Boat Rocker Media’s chief operating […]

Boat Rocker acquires majority stake in Insight

Boat Rocker Media has acquired a majority stake in Insight Productions, a Canadian TV production company. The move is effective immediately and will allow Insight to diversify its offering as Boat Rocker continues to grow in the territory. John Brunton, Insight’s founder, chairman and CEO will continue to run all aspects of the company. The […]

Proper TV rejigs senior team

Canada’s Proper Television has made a number of changes to its senior team after Boat Rocker acquired the company last September. Despite the acquisition, Proper will continue to operate as a separate entity from its parent company. The new changes will see Allison Grace, who joined the company in 2014, now become vice president of […]

Fremantle NA appoints Glankler as commercial president

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has moved Rick Glankler to the newly created position of president of commercial operations. Glankler moves from his former role as president of the company’s Kids & Family division, which was sold to Boat Rocker Media in January 2018. Most of the division’s staff moved to Boat Rocker while Glankler remained […]

Boat Rocker acquires Fremantle’s kids division

Boat Rocker Media has acquired FremantleMedia’s Kids & Family Entertainment division. The move is effective immediately. It follows a range of investments that Boat Rocker has made in kids entertainment in the past two years, including the purchase of Jam Filled Entertainment, Arc Production assets and a co-development deal with children’s brand Fisher-Price. The division […]